About Dr. Siobhan Graham

Dr. Graham’s aim is to see you when you most need a doctor and to spent time helping you get to the root of your problem, no matter what it is.

She is an experienced General practitioner (GP) who approaches each patient with a holistic view, using exercise, diet and stress reduction to improve your health.

Of course, she uses medicines when required, but, if possible, will guide you to better health naturally.

Dr. Graham has travelled the world working as a doctor. After graduating from Queens University in Belfast in July 2000, she started work as a junior doctor in Belfast city hospital where she established her love for medicine.

From Belfast to Australia, then New Zealand to Scotland, Dr. Graham spent seven years gaining a wide range of experience in general medicine before completing her GP training in Edinburgh in 2008.

Her love of sports and how exercise improves health lead her to study Sport and Exercise medicine at the University of Bath.  

During this time, she worked as a travelling team doctor for some of the Northern Ireland football teams and spent over 3 years working in rheumatology ( the specialty for disease of joints, muscle and the immune systems).

While working as a GP she also worked part-time running the chest-pain and exercise stress test clinic in Whiteabbey hospital.

In 2016 she gained a master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Medicine and carried out research into the effects of exercise in women with rheumatoid arthritis.

She remains passionate about her work as a doctor and hopes that she can be of help to you.

Her personal and professional blog Medicine, My Brother & Me, tells stories of life traveling with her younger brother, Christopher, who has Down syndrome and her own insights into the changing world of medicine.

You can view Dr. Graham's work history via linked-in, and read about how medicine found her in her blog it's in my blood.


About Christopher Graham

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Christopher is my brother and best friend. He is an avid traveller having crossed the globe to New York; travelled by train to Canada’s east and west coast; road tripped to Morocco where he was an instant hit; ventured north to Russia on a boat; and closer to home has travelled all over Europe. His favourite destination is still ‘ London Baby ’ !

Christopher attends technical college two days a week, works in a local cafe called ‘Superstars’ on a Thursday, plays pool and bowls once a week and generally keeps our family cohesive.

Having Down syndrome is no barrier. Yes, behavioural challenges and a unique form of OCD have put a few spanners in the works here and there, particularly when trying to catch a flight or free-up a table at a fancy restaurant, but Christopher’s pragmatic attention to everyday living is a lesson to us all. The spanner did get really stuck after the loss of our Mother in 2009, and you can read about that in one of my earlier blogs.

The blog-Medicine, My Brother & Me- began with the idea of documenting Christopher’s and my travels together. Morocco was the big adventure and somewhere we will return. If you have a child or relative with Down syndrome, I’m sure you will relate to these stories.


Dr Graham's Voluntary Work

  • 1999, 2 months in Kenya: Medical elective, hospital in Mombassa. Collectively raised over £1000 for care of young patient.

  • 2001, 4 months in Peru: Teaching English. Raised money for local school for children with learning disabilities, providing basics supplies and clothes.

  • 2003, 2 weeks in Guatemala: Habitat for Humanity, working as an interpreter and volunteer.

  • 2005, 6 months in Belfast: Good Shepherd Church. GIFT youth group leader.

  • 2012, 2 months in Costa Rica: Talks on different health issues to teenagers and women's groups. Ran a women's exercise group.

  • 2015, 1 week in California: Assisting Artist Cathy Grey, with Art students at the Victory centre, for adults with learning disabilities.

 

The Victory Centre

San Anselmo, California

I love art. The victory centre is about people with learning disabilities, developing their artistic skills and sharing their friendship with each other. This week volunteering was a wonderful and unique opportunity. It inspired me to paint again.

 

Nosara, Costa Rica

This is a women's group linked with a local church in rural Costa Rica. Siobhan worked as a volunteer, leading a weekly talk on topics such as nutrition, women's health and exercise. After each talk she offered a combined yoga and pilates class on the town football field.

 

 

Collaborative workshop with Forage Ireland

 

This is Mary Hughes, physiotherapist, artist and co-founder of Forage, giving a lesson in knitting.

I joined my good friends, Mary and Dermott Hughes from Forage Ireland, on Rathlin Island. We knitted, baked soda bread and learned about transforming raw ingredients and 'super-foods' into delicious, nutritious desserts.